archiv~1: Re: SETI Re: ATNF clams up on 1.451 ghz hit.

Re: SETI Re: ATNF clams up on 1.451 ghz hit.

Dr. H. Paul Shuch ( (no email) )
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 17:25:35 -0500

At 09:50 AM 11/22/98 -0800, Jim Ostrowski wrote:

>Is it likely
>that when a radio telescope is pointed at some compeletely arbitrary
>source having no basis in objective reality, that he would just happen
>to find a satellite by chance?

Yes, highly likely. There are something like 2900 known active satellites
orbiting the Earth right now.

>How often does that happen?

About once a week, if reports by Project Argus participating stations are
any indication.
It's this frequent satellite RFI which is frustrating attempts to do
meaningful SETI, and driving the initiatives described on our website, to
someday put a radio telescope on the far side of the moon.

H. Paul Shuch, Ph.D. Executive Director, The SETI League, Inc.
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